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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1906 Object Reg. No: SH 960679

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south west corner of the building circa 1906. Although the manufacturer is unknown, the postcard, which is unused, was part of series number 103590.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. On 9 May 1901, it hosted the opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia. By the early 20th century, picture postcards of the Exhibition Building were a popular Melbourne souvenir.

The division of the reverse of the postcard, allowing a message to be written on one half and the address on the other, was not permitted in Australia until 1905.
Description:
A colour tinted photograph of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building. In the foreground there are garden beds, shrubs and an unmade pathway. The sky is tinted blue and pink. On the reverse of the card there is space to write a message, an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, exterior views, postcards
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: Melbourne/ Exhibition
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This Space may be used for Correspondence.; For Address Only.; Stamp/ here/ 155/103590
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1906

The division of the reverse of the postcard, allowing a message to be written on one half and the address on the other, was not permitted in Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1906

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